: In a gesture of goodwill and to encourage interaction with the local fishing populace, the Indian Navy, on Thursday, conducted a free medical camp at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Thondi, near here.

Navy Doctor, Surgeon Lt Cdr Shiv Gopal Singh from Chennai, assisted by a team of doctors, including lady doctors and para-medical staff from Ramanathapuram Government Hospital, conducted the camp, a release from Navy said.

A temporary laboratory was established at the site for conducting blood and urine test. The camp conducted in the presence of Dr Balasubramanian, Deputy Director of Health Services, Ramanathapuram.

Local people overwhelmingly responded to the camp and a total of 764 people, including 501 women and 48 children attended the camp. Most of the aged people were tested positive for hypertension and diabetes and six of them have been referred to Ramanathapuram GH for further treatment, it said.

Fogging done

As prelude to the camp, the Naval Team carried out mosquito fogging in the entire Thondi village and its surroundings on Wednesday evening.

The Naval Medical Camp was organised under the aegis of Commodore Amar K Mahadevan, VSM. Naval Officer-in-Charge Tamilnadu & Puducherry (based at Chennai) and forms the part of “Navy week” 2012 being celebrated throughout the country during the month of November/December every year at various ports/ coastal areas to commemorate the victory of Indian Navy during Indo-Pak war of 1971, Mr S N Singh, Commander, Officer-in-Charge, Thondi, said.